Monday, January 4, 2016

Gratitude in the New Year

I have come to the conclusion that gratitude, with practice, can be learned.

Gratitude and Rust, by Shannon Kringen

I keep encountering the word GRATITUDE in books, tv programs, the internet, everywhere I go and it has caught my attention.

It was discussed in a documentary I watched called Happy (on Netflix).  Last spring I attended a seminar at work that had a segment on starting a gratitude journal. It seems I see a reference on the internet on a near daily basis.

I intend to spend 2016 exercising my gratitude muscle.

Gratitude and happiness are closely linked, according to Harvard Health, and many other sources.

"After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation."

I am starting a gratitude journal exercise and I encourage you to do the same.
Each day I am going to write down four things I for which I am grateful in my daily journal:

Would you like to join me?
If you don't journal already, you can keep a simple book to write down daily at least three things.  Any sort of book will do.  You can keep it in your nightstand and write them down just before bed.

I don't intend to go back an reflect on the items, but I may.  I think it is the action of calling up the things and writing them down that is important -  so the type of book you use is not.

I don't know how I will measure my success, but I'll follow up in a few months and let you know my findings.

1 comment:

  1. Daily gratitude reflection has been a big part of my life for quite a few years. I will have to say it has dramatically changed my outlook on everything. Finding gratitude in even the most difficult circumstances makes life in general so much easier. It keeps a positive flow of thoughts running through your head and keeps the negatives ones from creeping in. Happiness and contentment are the great reward of the practice. Good luck and happy days to you!